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NOAH Destiny (7/18/2005)
1. Takashi Sugiura/SUWA/Masashi Aoyagi vs. Tsuyoshi Kikuchi/Mitsuo Momota/Katsuhiko Nakajima
Real good opener. SUWA and Nakajima were pretty much the only two I was familiar with. It's amazing how good Nakajima looked in the ring at age 17. He's got some of the best kicks out there...
2. Go Shiozaki/Tamon Honda vs. Mohammed Yone/Takeshi Morishima
The first few minutes of this were really sloppy. Thankfully the majority of the match was pretty good. After Honda and Go both hit germans on Morishima it was pretty smooth sailin from there. I really have no interest in Tamon Honda at all, so I was really glad to see Go in there for most of the match. He took a beating. Good stuff overall.
3. Akitoshi Saito/Shiro Koshinaka/Masao Inoue/Kishin Kawabata vs. Akira Taue/Takuma Sano/Jun Izumida/Haruka Eigen
Nothing to say. Didn't get into it, bored for the most part.
4. Black Mask vs. Mushiking Terry
The Mushiking Terry debut match. The majority of you know that Mushiking Terry is Kotaro Suzuki. I'm also gonna go out on a limb and say that Black Mask is Ricky Marvin. Correct me if I'm wrong, I'm just guessing here. Anyway, it was a good little high flying match. A few nice spots. I don't know if anyone else might feel this way, but I really think I could've gotten into this a lot more if it was just Suzuki vs. Marvin(again, I'm guessing). I could never really seem to be fully into it. Despite that, still a pretty good debut match.
5. GHC Jr. Title Match - Yoshinobu Kanemaru(c) vs. KENTA
Awesome match. Those two put on a hell of a show. One thing I really liked is that they showed a slow motion replay of KENTA hitting a bas-a-whatever knee kick, and you could see it just nailed Kanemaru right in the face. I loved it. haha. The only tiniest complaint I have is the no selling of the arm from Kanemaru, but hey, you get over it when you have match of this caliber. Only GHC Jr. Title match I've seen better than this was KENTA/Low Ki from FB '05. But then again I can only think of like a handful that I have seen.
****1/4 - ****1/2
6. GHC Tag Team Title Match - Minoru Suzuki/Naomichi Marufuji(c) vs. Jun Akiyama/Makoto Hashi
I really loved this match. I can't explain why, but I was totally into this from start to finish. It's my first time seeing Hashi, and he impressed me. I like him. This was just great stuff the whole way through. The slapfest between Akiyama and Suzuki was fucking awesome. I love these NOAH camera angles. haha. At this point in time, it's MOTN for me, but I'm about 99.9% sure that's gonna change...
7. GHC Title Match - Takeshi Rikio(c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
Hmm. Well, this wasn't a bad match, but I just don't think these two clicked very well. It just felt like a bunch of moves thrown together. I guess what I'm trying to say is that these two lack chemistry together. The best part by far was when Rikio just repeatedly slapped the shit out of Tanahashi. Great stuff. But the match as a whole wasn't anything special.
*** - ***1/4
8. Genichiro Tenryu vs. Yoshinari Ogawa
??? I have no idea how to rate this match. The ending just left with me a what the hell look on my face. I guess I'll try to give this a rating...
9. Kenta Kobashi vs. Kensuke Sasaki
Oh. My. God. This is the perfect definition of why I watch professional wrestling. Absolutely incredible spectacle. The 3 minute chopfest, the crazy head drops, the insane crowd reaction, the near falls, it was all just perfect. I don't know what else to say about this. If you haven't seen it, go find it and watch it. You won't regret it. It is superior to Joe vs. Kobashi.
***** (that's right, the full 5)
10. Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada
I think I helped myself at least a little bit by coming into this match with no expectations. Everyone said they were disappointed with this match considering how just about every other time these two got in the ring it was a 5 star classic. I haven't seen any of those classics, so I had no high expectations. Still I think this could've been much better. It was an enjoyable and entertaining match, but I feel like it kinda dragged on a little too long. Especially with the cover after just about every move in the last few minutes. I really liked the stiff elbow exchanges though. That was nice. Not much else to say about it. Kobashi/Sasaki should've been main event.
The strength of 3 matches at ****+ and a 5 star match gives this a pretty high rating and an extremely high level of recommendation. Feedback is appreciated as well.